Poker in Valence:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Valence in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with 62.150 inhabitants for money, you have to go to a national casino or a poker room.

Just in national casinos in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to jurisdiction in France poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the different ways to play poker in Valence and show you the legal framework in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Valence ?

Legal notice
Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Valence ? © Unsplash

Poker Cash Games can meet in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and thus as well in Valence the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these laws is if one hosts a public game of chance or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of luck or not?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be cleared. The legislation in France and therefore also in Valence says however that poker is to be rated as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes have a allowance. Playing poker there is ok.

Poker in restaurants in Valence

Especially for pubs the criminal side is very dangerous. There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Valence if you make yourself liable to prosecution.


  • Poker cash games are in principle not allowed in France and therefore also in Valence.
  • The casinos in France have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very hard for the authorities in Valence to evidence prohibited gambling.
  • Tournaments are considered a game of skill, cash games a game of luck

Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal advice under the law and cannot replace legal advice, as such advice always requires knowledge of all individual circumstances, in particular of the specific individual case.

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Valence

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Valence © Unsplash

Attention: Poker cash games are forbidden in Valence. If you still want to participate in poker games for real money in Valence, you will need to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please check out the information on Home Games if you are searching for additional alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Valence

You can find many poker tourneys in Valence. Tournaments are legal as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In addition, great poker tournaments take place frequently in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes! Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Valence

Other options are offered by the various poker clubs & poker rooms with tournaments in and around Valence. With us you will find a helpful list of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Valence:

Live poker in casinos near by Valence

Valence itself unfortunately does not provide a own casino with a poker floor. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes located its casinos mainly in smaller cities and outside the heart of the city. It is however fast to access them by car or public transport. Most have even an own transfer busses. If you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer large parking space for poker players. Nowadays, every casino in France regularly runs real money poker tournaments. There are some poker tournaments and events where you can register. Here with us you'll see a list, arranged by federal states, of every places running poker with their particular schedule and all required information. In the area of Valence you will find a good variety of casinos with poker games with a decent driving time.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Valence in private locations

In Valence the laws of the federal state Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is in effect. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Valence, you must follow these points.

Do you play publicly?

If the poker round is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is cash games in pubs in Valence that anyone could access. It's forbidden.

Does the homegame take place in Valence as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the round takes place habitually, it is illegal in private rooms in Valence as well as in public. For example, if cash games are hosted for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are searching for an easy option to play poker in Valence, we can advise online poker. There are many established poker platforms where you can play poker for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.